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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


This is, as I call it, my vegetable garden shop – kitchen garden, where I grow a vast variety of the fruit and vegetables that I use to prepare meals in the food studio.

 kitchen garden

This is why, each week there is a changing seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and cakes based on what is growing in the kitchen garden. This week’s its beans, broccoli, greens, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, plums, and garlic. Next week it may be something else. What isn’t turn into fresh meals, is preserved for later in the pantry. There is always bottled fruit and tomatoes to cook with.

I have to be truthful to you and myself, I can’t grow everything, so when I need to I buy what’s available and in season in Mirboo and Gippsland. This week I visited the local farm gate to pick up purple cauliflowers, fresh sausages from the butcher and one of my favorite potato farmers drop around two different potatoes.

All this has come together to create a menu of ...

Rosedale Worcestershire sausage with pickled cauliflower, golden kilper potato

Fettuccine with broccolini & Prom Country Blue

Zucchini fritters, Gippsland free range poached egg, Jindi Farms dukkah

Garden Frittata with garden salad & tomato chutney

Roasted Wattlebank Park farm beef, Prom Country cheese on Oak & Swan sourdough

Plum Tart

Lemon yogurt cake

Rum & Raisin Cheesecake (GF)

I hope you enjoy!


jaci in Jacican kitchen garden

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